Conway Springs teacher asked to resign after anti-bullying video upsets parents

Nov 3, 2015 by

A Conway Springs teacher has been asked to resign after showing students an anti-bullying film that depicts a fictional world in which heterosexual children are bullied by homosexual classmates.

Tom Leahy, a social studies teacher at Conway Springs Middle School, is on leave and likely won’t return to teaching because the controversial video “upset too many people,” he said Monday.

“I knew something was going to happen. I just didn’t know this would happen,” Leahy said.

Conway Springs Superintendent Clay Murphy confirmed Monday that Leahy was on leave but would not disclose the reason or say whether the teacher is being paid. Leahy, 56, has taught in Conway Springs since 1997. He had planned to retire after this school year, he said.

“He’s on leave, and that’s about all I can tell you,” Murphy said. “He’s not in the classroom right now.”

The Conway Springs school board is set to meet Nov. 9, at which point it is expected to accept the teacher’s resignation, Leahy said. Calls to several board members, including board president Eddie Allen and vice president Bill Dalbom, were not returned Monday.

Leahy said he showed the independent film, “Love Is All You Need,” to three eighth-grade history classes last month as a lesson in tolerance.

The 19-minute movie, which went viral on YouTube in 2011, portrays a heterosexual girl being raised in a dystopian society where homosexuality is the norm. The girl is bullied by classmates – to the indifference of several teachers and other adults – until she commits suicide.

Source: Conway Springs teacher asked to resign after anti-bullying video upsets parents | The Wichita Eagle

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